Uninsured Americans have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to sign up for private health coverage (or specify they need more time) before being assessed a fine.
According to the Obama Administration, more than six million people have already signed up for the Affordable Care Act, and millions more have visited healthcare.gov to research their options and sign up within the last few days.
“Americans are lining up, calling up and getting online in communities across the country to join the more than 6 million Americans who’ve signed up for quality, affordable health insurance,” a White House official said.
“This surge of Americans interested in getting covered continues as the administration and stakeholders make a final push to help Americans sign up by the March 31st deadline.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Obamacare has already resulted in over 9.5 million previously uninsured people being covered either by private insurers or Medicare expansion.
• At least 6 million people have signed up for health coverage on the new marketplaces, about one-third of whom were previously uninsured.
• A February survey by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found 27% of new enrollees were previously uninsured, but newer survey data from the nonprofit Rand Corp. and reports from marketplace officials in several states suggest that share increased in March.
• At least 4.5 million previously uninsured adults have signed up for state Medicaid programs, according to Rand’s unpublished survey data, which were shared with The Times. That tracks with estimates from Avalere Health, a consulting firm that is closely following the law’s implementation.
• An additional 3 million young adults have gained coverage in recent years through a provision of the law that enables dependent children to remain on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26, according to national health insurance surveys from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• About 9 million people have bought health plans directly from insurers, instead of using the marketplaces, Rand found. The vast majority of these people were previously insured.
• Fewer than a million people who had health plans in 2013 are now uninsured because their plans were canceled for not meeting new standards set by the law, the Rand survey indicates.
March 31 marks the close of the current open enrollment period, which will reopen on November 15, 2014.